America’s Democratic Socialist Party–47kh.,b43
When Hillary Clinton officially becomes the Democratic nominee for president later this month, she will stand on a party platform that is the most radical document in the party’s history.
From weed to government regulation of business to abortion to immigration, this is not your father’s Democratic Party. Or in the case of Clinton, her husband’s.
“It is the most extreme pro-abortion platform the Democrats have ever had — but of course, that’s where Hillary Clinton is.”
Abortion — no restrictions
It used to be that Democrats couched their support of legalized abortion with expressions that it should be rare. No more. A draft of the platform calls only for “safe and legal abortion.” For the first time, it also explicitly calls for repealing the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funds from paying for abortion.
“We will continue to stand up to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood health centers, which provide critical health services to millions of people,” the draft states.
Mallory Quigley, a spokeswoman for the antiabortion Susan B. Anthony List, said the language shows how far left the party has drifted.
“It is the most extreme pro-abortion platform the Democrats have ever had — but of course, that’s where Hillary Clinton is,” she said. “Conscience has always been an area were we have been able to find consensus … She’s moved to the left even of Barack Obama.”
The no-limits abortion stance is at odds with a poll conducted in January by Marist University on behalf of the Knights of Columbus, which found broad support for an array of abortion restrictions. Even some notable Democrats have expressed concern that the platform goes too far.
Immigration — virtually open borders
The platform draft reiterates the party’s support for a “path to citizenship” for illegal immigrants and states that they should be “incorporated completely into our society.” It pledges support for Obama’s executive actions — currently held up by the courts — to suspend deportations and issue green cards to millions of illegal immigrants.
Arguing that foreigners should enter through “visas and not through smugglers,” the platform rejects reducing the number of legal immigrants moving to the United States each year.
“Immigration is not a problem to be solved, it is a defining aspect of the American character and history,” the draft states.
The platform calls on the United States to live up to its “responsibility” to take its fair share of the 60 million or so refugees who have been displaced across the globe because of war.
Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation of American Immigration Reform, said such a provision would paralyze the immigration system.
“That seems to be a clear objective. The immigration bar and advocates for illegal immigrants have recognized that if you can essentially grind the judicial system to a halt, they win,” he said.
Mehlman noted that the Democratic platform from just eight years ago had strong language calling for border enforcement.
“It’s quite a contrast,” he said. “It’s amazing how far the Democratic Party has swung in the last 20 years.”
Drugs and violence
Sanders supporters pushed through an amendment strengthening an already strong statement in favor of marijuana legalization.
The platform also calls for requiring that police be outfitted with body cameras and to stop “racial profiling.” It would require the Department of Justice to investigate all “questionable or suspicious police-involved shootings,” and would ban the possession of “weapons of war.”
Ostensibly, Clinton opposes the TPP after earlier praising it. But Ellis said it would be quite easy for her to reverse course again, following a pattern established by her husband. When Bill Clinton was running for president in 1992, he voiced opposition to the North American Free Trade Agreement. As president, he negotiated side agreements with Mexico and Canada on labor and environmental standards and then signed the pact.
source-brendan kirby, polizette